Bumpdate / Third Trimester

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Can you believe I'm already in the last leg of this thing?? Because I can't. It felt like time flew by whenever I witnessed my friends'/family's pregnancies but I had no idea mine would feel just as fast. Back in January, September felt sooo far away and now it feels like it's just around the corner. I'm not ready!! Haha. 

Physically I've started suffering some common pregnancy ailments like sciatica, plantar fasciitis and heartburn. I know it could be worse but man, it is a bummer. I'm still trying to walk as much as possible to keep my ligaments loose and stay in the best shape possible. I'm definitely starting to gain that third trimester weight which explains the sciatica and plantar fasciitis so comfy shoes are key. The lovely Savannah over at Mama Tribe Oils also sent me some samples to try and alleviate some of the symptoms associated with all three things giving me grief so I'm planning on using those ASAP and will report back.

I'm at the point where I don't know how my stomach is going to stretch any bigger (but I know it will). I still *KNOCK ON WOOD* don't have any stretch marks and I'm convinced it's because of my religious slathering of coconut oil on my belly every day. If I can survive this pregnancy without any stretch marks I will consider it a large victory. My belly button is also still an innie but that seems to be teetering dangerously close to changing--I'm half expecting to wake up one day and it just being out. I guess we'll just have to wait and see.

The burst of energy that came in the second trimester is now waning and fatigue is starting to set in again. I think its being compounded by the 110 degree (yes, seriously) weather we've been experiencing here the past couple weeks. All I want to do is either stay indoors in the AC or immerse myself in a body of water!

Emotionally I have been sooo emo lately. The other day a friend made a comment about how she totally thought I wasn't as far along as I actually am and it hit me all of a sudden how little time I have left with my baby safe inside my belly and I just burst into tears. Joel was like, "Do you just want to stay pregnant forever?" and I'm like "....kinda." Ha. I don't, obviously--I can't wait to meet our son--I just am having anxiety over being able to give him everything he needs and be a good mom. Normal stuff I guess, but when you're pregnant, nothing really seems normal anymore.

I'm SUPER excited to finally be going on our babymoon to Yosemite in a couple of weeks. We'll be staying 2 nights in a yurt (I've always wanted to stay in one!) at this resort, courtesy of the lovely people at RVC Outdoors. I can't wait. It's 4th of July which also happens to be Joel's birthday so it will be nice to celebrate that plus our last trip as a couple before we turn into the three amigos.

This past Sunday was Joel's first "fetus" Father's Day and even though he insisted I don't get him anything, I snagged him the cutest t-shirt set to wear with Walker--his says "POP" and Walker's says, "TOT." Cue: heart explosion.

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Mentally I am relieved we have finally moved into our new house. So now I'm just trying to play catch up on getting everything we need ready for little man's arrival while simultaneously trying to put the rest of our house together. Between furnishing rooms in the house and phone calls to installation companies and the handyman, it's a miracle I can still remember my name. I have always been one to work best under pressure so as stressful as things get, I've got it under control (for the most part).

As far as my cravings go, I still have somewhat of a sweet tooth but it's not as bad as it was. Right now I'm really into peanut butter + jelly sandwiches and Mexican food (not together). Either always sounds good, no matter the time of day. I'm still also drinking tons of water, I throw in a few slices of cucumber which has been my jam and still in a deep, committed relationship with La Croix. They keep coming out with new flavors in their sub-brand, Curate which I finally googled and found out its the same as the regular La Croix, just with a stronger flavor profile. Little do they know they are the unofficial sponsor of my pregnancy.

Baby Walker is averaging over 2lbs now and continues to grow (as do I). I feel him kicking pretty much all day now but he's still most active at night. One of my favorite things to do is lie propped up by pillows on the couch and stare at my stomach and watch the Walker Show. It is the coolest feeling in the world. Sometimes when I put my hand on my belly I can feel one of his actual body parts close to the surface of my skin and that kind of freaks me out but I just tell myself he's giving me a high-five.

I'm looking forward to our couple's maternity photos in Point Reyes next month and baby shower(s) which are both in August. 

I'm glad I waited until I was farther along and showing more to take these last set of photos. It's funny thinking back to how I thought I was so big back in the second trimester to how I actually look now. Once this is all over I'm going to stitch all the bump photos together in a post to see the progression. I'm sure everyone is sick of my weekly bump photo by now but I know they are photographic memories I'll want to keep forever.

It's going to be SO HOT at both of my baby showers but I'm excited to have all of our friends and family gather together to celebrate. I'm of course designing the invites so I need to finalize those, get them printed and send them out in the next couple of weeks. My mom knows how to throw a great party so I'm not really worried about her and my sisters organizing that, and the co-ed shower at my best friend's house is going to be super simple and laid back.


I'm a little sad this is my last trimester update (see? EMO) but I'm beyond stoked to be that much closer to sharing about our little man once he's earthside. Now taking bets on if I'll go into labor early, on time, or late...

Friday Favorites

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ONE / 10 rules for visiting a new mom
I came across this great article on 10 rules for visiting a new mom at home. I think it's simple but important etiquette to remember when you come a'knockin' on the door.

TWO / Listening to baby's heartbeat
My best friend gifted us a fetal doppler so that we can listen to the baby's heartbeat at home, any time we want! For a first-time (see: overly paranoid) mom like me, this is amazing. When I posted about it on my Instagram story, someone pointed out that it might be harmful to the baby to expose them to the frequency waves but honestly, it's not like we're overdoing it. There are so many "don'ts" that come along with pregnancy but I've learned to take many of them with a grain of salt.

THREE / 10 things I learned in my twenties
Really loving Mara's perspective on the lessons she learned during her twenties--I can definitely relate to a lot of these!

FOUR / Youth to the People Age Prevention Mask
I think I finally found the last piece to my skincare routine with this face mask. I put it on while I was in the bath the other night and my skin felt sooooo soft after I rinsed it off. It kinda smells like a green smoothie is on your face but that's okay :)

FIVE / Summer salmon bowl
James shared this baked salmon bowl recipe and I think this is what I'm making for dinner tomorrow, seeing as how I have all of the ingredients in the fridge right now. It looks so good!!

Home / Before

This past weekend we finally moved into our new home! With the help of our amazing family + friends we were able to get everything into the new house on Saturday, as well as pick up our new couch (I'm obsessed with it). Built in the 1920's, the house is a Victorian and with over 1750sqft, we have our work cut out for us in terms of filling up all the newfound space, but I know it will come together, slowly but surely. I thought it'd be fun to share some "before" photos to see how much has changed since the start while we turn our new house into a home.

L I V I N G  A R E A

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The living area downstairs is the biggest space in the entire house and is presumably, where most of our time will be spent. Like I mentioned earlier, we upgraded our couch to this West Elm beauty. Besides the fact that it's perfectly squishy + comfortable, it also folds out into a sleeper and the chaise pops up to reveal storage--perfect for storing the blankets + sheets for the sleeper bed. We often have guests and since we don't have a guest bedroom this works out perfectly. Now that there is a lot more floor space our current rug looks pretty puny so we will be getting a larger one--we were at Home Depot the other day and found a SUPER soft plush charcoal one that we are considering. The dark color would be good for all the foot traffic this area gets. I'm also on the hunt for throw pillows and another throw/blanket for the couch since it gets kinda chilly downstairs. Curtains are high on the priority list since it's the part of the house you can see directly into from the street outside. The tricky part is finding some inexpensive ones since thanks to our high ceilings, the the windows measure over 100" tall and we need 8 panels all together. I'm thinking Amazon for some basic white black-outs should be the most cost effective.

Couch / Armchair / Coffee table (similar) / RugThrow

This area is to the right of where the couch is, under the stairs. The door on the right leads into the downstairs bathroom and the smaller door on the left is a miniature closet (insert Harry Potter joke here). We're not really what what we want to do with this space because the support beam in the center makes it a little difficult. Initially I was thinking of maybe adding a little bench under the window and making it a little reader corner of sorts but it's kind of too cramped for that. So, for now it's a home for one of our plants and a chair, until we figure something out. Who knows, we might just leave it like that.


K I T C H E N  +  D I N I N G  A R E A

The first photo is taken directly behind the couch and is where the dining room that leads into the kitchen begins. We are struggling with what we want to do here. We set up Joel's bar on the right wall which looks great, but thanks once again to the support beams in the center and the positioning of overhead lighting, it leaves an awkward area to put a dining table which is originally what we wanted to do. We definitely want to put another large area rug there but we're going to have to wait and see what we come up with for much else there. Will report back.

The main kitchen area features an island with stove built in. The day of the walkthrough it was discovered the oven/stove no longer works and so lucky for us they are replacing it with a whole, new unit. Thank god because that one was over 35 years old and I couldn't even read what the dials had on them anymore! It will most likely be another electric stovetop (not a huge fan of those) unless by some miracle they discover a gas line under there but regardless, I will take a brand new more modern unit over the existing one, any day.

We also have TONSSS of cupboard/storage space along the walls, a double sink with gorgeous backsplash that matches the island, a shadowbox window and a dishwasher(!) I'm sure that will come in handy once baby is here and I'm washing a bunch of bottles and whatnot. As someone who loves to cook, I'm over the moon about having such a large kitchen to work in. Once our new stove gets put in I'm cookin' all the things. I'm thinking of choosing an accent color (Yellow? Red?) for the kitchen and replacing the hanging chandelier with a different fixture and bar stools for under the island to match.

The door to the left in the first photo leads to the laundry room (not pictured) with additional storage and washer/dryer hook-ups. We are getting the washer/dryer delivered tonight and I cannot even begin to tell you how stoked I am to be able to do laundry at home again. No more taking it to work or laundromats, yay! 


M A S T E R  B A T H

I'm not kidding when I say the master bathroom is my favorite room in the house so far. The day we moved in Joel nonchalantly proclaimed, "You can have the upstairs bathroom and I'll take over the downstairs." BLESS HIM. Now I have ample counter space for my daily use face products, a bathtub(!) and cupboard storage for all of our first aid + toiletries. I decided to go for a Bohemian vibe and so far I'm loving the way it's turning out. It's simple but definitely has a certain charm to it. I'm taking bets on how long I can keep that hanging plant alive.

Shower curtain (similar) / bath mat / rug / bath towel / hand towel
waste basketmacrame plant hanger (similar) / basket (similar)


M A S T E R  B E D R O O M

Since all that's upstairs is the master bath + both bedrooms, the rooms are pretty huge, ours in particular. I love that we have lots of windows + natural light plus--there's a door that leads out onto our own private balcony. How neat is that?! I can picture Joel and I enjoying an evening glass of wine or a morning cup of coffee out there. 

The whole upstairs is carpeted (boo) with some grayish-blue carpet but that's nothing I can't fix with some area rugs I suppose. Since our only bedroom furniture so far is black I'm going to stick with that theme and do black/white/charcoal accents. I'm sort of at a loss as to what to do with that large area to the left by the door. Joel suggested maybe some exercise equipment but in terms of aesthetics, the thought makes me cringe haha.

bed frame (similar) / duvet cover / dresser (similar)


N U R S E R Y

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The baby's room/nursery is the other bedroom upstairs and is what needs the most work. We had held off on really getting much prior to moving because we had no idea the kind of space we'd be working with. I'm excited to finally be able to nest, nest, nest!

Right now we've just stashed all the bags of clothes + things that he's accumulated so far, in there. The antique rocking chair in the corner I thrifted from Offer Up and with the help of Joel's mom, I'm going to DIY a new cushion for it.

I'm still trying to figure out where to place his crib. The wall in the second photo gets closed in by both doors on either side (the one on the left goes out to the balcony which we will obviously keep locked for quite some time!) so I'm thinking it will probably go against the wall opposite the closet and I'll put his dresser/changing station there instead. The white hutch in the corner is built-in so that will be useful for added storage space.

Now that we're settling in I can start ordering the rest of his things. Everyone keeps telling me not to stress too much since when he's born he won't need all that much initiatlly. But the OCD in me just wants his room all set up beforehand anyway, haha.


T H E  P O R C H

One of the major selling points of the house for us was the wrap-around front porch. The perimeter of our house is gated, so we can relax out there and people-watch the going-on's of our busy street. We live smack-dab in the heart of midtown near popular bars + restaurants so there's always something crazy going on.

After a trip to Home Depot, Joel strung up some cafe lights overhead and we added some plants to spruce things up a bit. Eventually we want to snag some cool vintage rocking chairs or a porch swing to replace the stools. We're also thinking of adding a grill around the corner where the porch extends to the other side of the house for some fun BBQ nights. I foresee us spending a lot of time out there this summer entertaining friends.

Cafe string lights (similar) / patio table / planter box (similar)


Like I said, we've definitely got our work cut out for us but I'm just happy to finally be in the home where we'll raise our family. It's crazy and awesome to think this is the house we'll bring our newborn son home to--where he'll take his first steps and play. It melts my heart just thinking about it. I'm so grateful and excited for this next chapter!

My Personal Skincare Routine

As promised, here's a quick run-down of my personal skincare routine, the products I use and when I use them. In case you're wondering I have combination skin which means I'm dry in some areas (mostly my cheeks/around my mouth) and oily in others (like my t-zone). 

I N   T H E   M O R N I N G
I wake up and since my face is already cleansed from the night before I just splash some cold water on my face, pat dry and then spritz on Luminance Rosewater Toner. I let that dry for a few seconds and then while my skin is still damp I apply No7 Lift & Luminate Triple Action Serum. Once that has been absorbed I apply a few dots of Burt's Bees Renewal eye cream under my eyes to help get rid of my dark circles (my number one problem area) and budding wrinkles--I ain't no spring chicken no more! Finally, I apply a layer of Luminance Deep Hydration Organic Moisturizer. I LOVE this stuff. Out of everything it's probably my favorite. It's thick without being greasy and it really does make my skin feel amazing.

A T  N I G H T ☾
Before bed, I wash my face with warm water and CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser. I really like CeraVe products because they mostly all contain hyaluronic acid which came up a lot during my research on the best types of skincare ingredients. Next, I use these coconut cleansing wipes to remove any leftover traces of mascara or oil before spritzing on my rosewater toner  followed by the serum and eye cream. (same stuff I use in the morning). For my nighttime moisturizer I switch to CeraVe's Facial Moisturizing Lotion PM. It's once again, loaded with hyaluronic acid and is specifically formulated to work it's magic during those hours of getting literal beauty sleep.

S T I L L  L O O K I N G  F O R . . .
A good weekly mask. I've heard good things about Herbivore Botanical's Blue Tansy and I've also had my eye on this one by Youth to the People but I'd love to hear your reccommendations as well.


I'm ashamed to admit it's taken me this long to really commit to a solid skincare routine. I used to be 'that girl' who'd get lazy after a long day and just go to bed with makeup on, which is in fact really terrible for your skin (and not surprisingly, white pillow cases). Now, I love how my skin looks and feels--it's only been a couple of weeks but I can already see improvements, so I'm excited to see the benefits over time.

Happy Feet

Since developing plantar fasciitis during my pregnancy (hooray), I'm now faced with the dilemma of trying to find shoes that are both comfortable and stylish in order to get some relief. This has proven to be no easy feat, however I did manage to find a few that I'd totally actually wear. To make things even more specific, now that it's summer I'm pretty limited to light sneaker/sandal styles since it's so damn hot here in Sacramento.  



They're not too bad, right? Those Dansko's are number one on my list seeing as how I didn't think it would be possible to find a 'dressier' comfy shoe and those are pretty dang cute.

If you have any other suggestions I'd love to see 'em!